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Personally, I love practical gifts and if they’re given for no particular reason, all the better. The holiday gift season is upon us and it’s time to get moving on the lists.

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I heard a story on the radio last week about how an exercise bike commercial caused public outrage. It was reported that the company that makes the bike saw their stock drop 15 percent and lost billions of dollars in market value over the course of 3 days.

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So how did we ever get along before we had certain television channels? I've learned so much lately as to why the Bible isn't true and how biblical events didn't happen the way they are recorded by watching television. At least I know that apparently Jesus wasn't who he said he was and that …

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I haven’t asked for my roommates’ opinions about my holiday habits. Since said roommates are actually the mice under my sink, the high level of hostility on my end has made it difficult for them to voice any of their complaints. We just really aren’t in a great place right now.

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It is getting colder every day, and the wind is getting stronger. I have to say it’s time to put the protection around your tender shrubs and trees.

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Usually, my Thanksgivings involve me participating in several classic Emma-Around-the-Holidays activities: avoiding cranberry sauce like the plague it is, breaking the cork into the most expensive bottle of wine I can find and trying to contain the excitement that, as soon as Thanksgiving is…

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It’s the season coming upon us ... when Thanksgiving and Advent and Christmas begin to blur for me.

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One of my favorite Pentecostal ministers made this comment during a sermon, “The primary reason God made mankind was so that mankind would worship, praise and adore him.” That comment really convicted me. Often times there is so much to do in a day (don’t we all seem to try and cram 25 hours…

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Never have our government officials so blatantly acted like a bunch of children who can’t get along. The left won’t play with the right, the right won’t play with the left and the big guy in the middle is gonna take his ball and go home. What a pathetic showing for the rest of the world.

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A couple of Saturdays ago I was elbow deep in soapy water when our youngest daughter reminded me I’d promised to take her to our favorite local community arts center for an Art-For-All activity.

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With winter on the doorstep, we need to have wood in for those cold days and to be getting ready for the beginning of the quest for just the right gifts.

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Next Thursday many of us will gather around a table with family and friends and celebrate Thanksgiving. It is the time when we pause and give thanks for the bounty we have. For you see, giving thanks is a natural response for the community of faith, not just UMC but many others as well.

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I anticipate that this will not be one of my most popular columns, but I do feel the subject is necessary.

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I started to write this week’s article after watching the referees miss numerous calls during a recent college football game. At least, that’s how I saw it. That got me thinking about rules and how hard it is to follow them all the time.

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I walked around today and I looked at people; those passing me in the grocery store, driving beside me on the highway, filling my newsfeed, walking by the house, seeing them at church and the post office. I tried to really see them. 

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The other evening when eating at Subway, our son wondered out loud, “Why is it called a BMT when none of the meat on it starts with any of those letters?”

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This past weekend I snuck back to Fredericksburg to see my family, and while I was there, I decided to take advantage of some comforts of home that I missed during my time so far here in Hampshire County.

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As a Christian, a pastor and someone who minored in American History in college (when it was still taught as it happened, not revisionist fiction), I truly believe that our Founding Fathers would be disappointed, as I am, with the attempt in our country to alleviate both God and our Christia…

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As we were heading home from a soccer game on Nov. 1, Mariah Carey’s, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” came on the radio. Our teenage daughter and her friend laughed when I insisted we change the channel.

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Mom assured me when I called her in a tizzy a week ago that the seasonal stinkbug assault had reached an end.

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Last week, our son and I heard a story on the radio about how trick-or-treating is a class 4 misdemeanor for anyone over the age of 12 in Virginia’s Hampton Roads.

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In the spirit of complete transparency, I’m going to tell you that before now, “the holler” has only ever been the noise that I make when I see, say, a spider on the wall in my bathroom.

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I’ve been noticing that red hats proclaiming “Make America Great Again” are as often as not worn by people who were likely born in the mid/late l990s.

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Most of us have heard the saying, “Rules were meant to be broken.”

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I was making a quick trip to the store recently and my wife asked me to pick up a dozen eggs while I was out.

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It was a bright, balmy day as the Pin Oak CEOS Club journeyed up to LaVale, Md., for their August outing. The ladies attending were Betty, Jo, Jan, Rebecca, Mary Ann, Susie and Linda.

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Choose our 2019 Hometown Hero, someone you believe has done the most to improve our community. Winner will be announced at our Founder’s Day Celebration Sept. 28.

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MORGANTOWN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding grants for projects in 49 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions.

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Since my accident (see “Oz – Don’t forget the scarecrow,” July 31), I’ve been busy reconstructing another Old black truck. Many people believe that I’ve been using the same old Ford service truck for the past 30 years. Really, though, this will be the 3rd in a series of nearly identical OBTs.

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“Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, ”Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16

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Inviting all to come spend Saturday evening, Aug. 10, with Ernie and me here at our annual Horn Camp Community Picnic.

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On Sunday, Aug. 4, beginning at 10 a.m. the Willow Chapel United Methodist Church will hold their annual homecoming service.

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I am going back to the picture of a one-room school group pictured in the last Hampshire Review dated July 17, 2019, and want to correct the name of school.

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Thought:  To help a friend is really good. To help yourself is also really good. But to help a stranger is the very best. — by Art Hochberg

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What a hot beginning to the Hampshire County Fair week. When I think of all the efforts of men and beasts, it seems almost impossible to have a successful fair without some glitches.

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One of the things I love about Capon Bridge is the way family, friends and neighbors stick together and work together to make ours a great community.